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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 11, 2013/ 1 Iyar, 5773

Knives on a Plane

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When the Transportation Security Administration announced that it will allow passengers to carry small knives on planes effective April 25, my reaction matched that of Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who has called the policy change "misguided and, frankly, dangerous." It's impossible to think about the ban on knives on planes without remembering what prompted it -- the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

But then I thought, I'm always urging Washington to reconsider regulations that don't work. Maybe the TSA is right.

Here's the argument for removing small knives (with blades up to 2.36 inches long) and sports equipment (golf clubs, lacrosse sticks) from the TSA's list of prohibited items for carry-on baggage: Other items can be used as weapons on planes. After 9/11, cockpit doors were reinforced, and passengers learned they should fight back. Would-be terrorists know this.

"Knives don't hold the threat that they once did," said Department of Homeland Security spokesman Nico Melendez.

The TSA is focusing on foiling terrorist attempts to blow up planes rather than on preventing terrorist attacks rooted in a pre-9/11 security landscape.

In 2005, the TSA began allowing passengers to carry sharp objects, including scissors with 4-inch blades. Eight years and more than 3 billion passengers later, TSA Administrator John Pistole noted in a letter to Swalwell and other lawmakers, there hasn't been "a single reported disruption from these objects."

Veda Shook, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, opposes the new policy. She's angry that Pistole did not include her union and other stakeholders in the process. She supports the TSA's risk-based approach, as seen in the Trusted Traveler program that allows children who are 12 or younger, adults who are 75 or older and some frequent fliers to go through expedited screening. Flight attendants, pilots and members of Congress also get the fast-track treatment.

Both Shook and Swalwell are skeptical of TSA claims that security lines will move faster when agents don't have to check for knives. (It takes time to measure blades.) They also point out that it's not as if the public was demanding the opportunity to fly with little knives.

But when screeners don't have to look for knives that wouldn't bring down a plane, maybe they'll be able to make lines move faster and concentrate on examining liquids and other potential explosive material.

Shook told me she thinks it's wrong for the TSA to fixate on stopping terrorist attempts to use planes as weapons of mass destruction. "This isn't just about terrorists," she argued. She also worries about criminal violence on planes.

I asked Shook about Pistole's claim that the scissors policy hasn't hurt anyone. She did not contest it.

I fly. I don't want to be on a plane with a nut with a knife. But I wonder whether an entire corps of security should concentrate on thwarting tactics that haven't made sense for 12 years. Were knife attacks on planes a problem before 9/11? I don't think so.

Swalwell doesn't reject the policy completely. "Why not try and start first with Trusted Travelers?" he asked. They're the least risky fliers. Try it; see what happens.

Meanwhile, I savor the fact that I lived long enough to see the administrator of a big federal bureaucracy decide that he rather would see his team do one thing well than two things poorly. Pigs can fly.

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